French Press – A Coffee Drinker’s View On The French Presidential Election

A series of short posts highlighting interesting points arising during the final countdown to the French presidential election.   (I) – Storm in a “Whirlpool”   It’s what we call “l’entre deux tours” (between the two rounds) of the French presidential election. And I can just sit back behind my computer and relax. All I […]

Am I Dreaming, Or Is Turkey About To Leave The EU?

If I talked to you about a country that just had a dubiously run referendum, the result of which was so close, as to be invalid for such a huge constitutional change, you would probably be thinking of Turkey. If I then told you that the leader of this country will organise elections with the […]

France Can Accept The Truth, But Cannot Stand The Lies

Mes enfants, it’s fast approaching squeaky bum time in France, with the first round of the 2017 presidential election due on the 23rd April. The political situation in France is, as I see it, similar to that of 2002, when far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, father of present-day Marine, reached the second round to everybody’s […]

Pays-Bas: Même Une Politique du Centre Peut Etre Cool

Le résultat des élections parlementaires du 15 mars aux Pays-Bas, est une victoire pour le premier ministre actuel, Mark Rutte. Bien que son parti, le VVD, demeure le plus grand parti politique du pays, malgré sa régression en termes du nombre de sièges obtenus, Rutte peut rencontrer des difficultés lors de la formation d’une coalition […]

Piggy-In-The-Middle: Even Centre-Ground Politics Can Be Cool

The result of the Dutch parliamentary elections, that took place on Wednesday 15th March, is a victory for the current prime minister, Mark Rutte. Although his party, the VVD, remain the largest political party in the Netherlands despite losing 8 parliamentary seats, Mark Rutte may face difficulties in forming a working coalition. It is probable […]

“Erdogan, Laissez Votre Démocratie Bidon à La Maison”

En interdisant l’entrée à deux élus politiques turcs importants, les Pays-Bas ont déclenché un conflit sérieux avec la Turquie. La décision de ne pas permettre que la politique turque soit officiellement exprimée sur le sol hollandais ne peut être justifiée que si la décision prise est basée sur des principes moraux qui peuvent être, autant […]

“Erdogan, Leave Your Bloody Politics At Home…”

In prohibiting entry to two senior Turkish politicians, the Netherlands has sparked a serious dispute with Turkey. The decision not to allow Turkish politics to be officially expressed on Dutch soil can only be justified if the decision to do so is based on moral principles that can be as universally applied as possible, and […]